Hirokazu Hatagata's Danceable LIFE Vol.4
Awareness through “teaching”
Hirokazu Hatagata (dancer / choreographer)
I have been teaching jazz dance at university for about three years. The reason was that I made a guest appearance as a caravos in the Sleeping Beauty of Momoko Tani Ballet. I learned a lot because I wasn't expecting to be able to call it a full-fledged work for a classical ballet stage, which was commissioned by a former principal of the Russian Kirov Ballet.
From that connection, he asked me if I could take a jazz dance class at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.
Actually, when I was in my twenties, I taught at a culture center for a short time, but when it comes to university classes, hurdles are high. I wanted to dance in the active role, so there was a feeling that it was a waste of time. However, I rarely have such an opportunity. Since dance cannot be left as an entity like pictures and music, I thought it would be good if I could convey what I had learned so far to the younger generation.
The question is “what to tell”. I'm not an elite dancer, so it's not a technical example. I think it would be a good idea to challenge because I had a great deal of voice, but I have the courage to “teach” the students.
When I talked to an acquaintance who is teaching at the university, “You do n’t have to teach.I just need to show the minute dancing. " What is needed is to show the attitude that I have faced with dancing, and leave it to the students how to perceive and acquire it. I was taught by these words and started taking classes.
I started thinking that I would steal my self-expression through dance and how to express my presence when I saw the dance, but it was three years after I realized. I had no experience as a teacher and it was hard to have a class while holding a stage, so I thought I wanted to quit soon.
Apparently, I didn't hate teaching.
I don't think it's taught well, and sometimes I find it cumbersome. However, I am glad to see the students growing up step by step, and I feel loved. I was surprised myself.
This spring, we will give out our first graduate. I'm really looking forward to seeing how they do their best in the outside world.
I don't know what happens in the world, just as I was forced to step down the stage. No matter how you hold it, it's no good when it's no good. I want to try everything as much as I can.
Photography cooperation: Don Giovanni
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